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Christopher Temple Emmet

Birthplace: Village of Pelham, Westchester County, New York, United States
Death: July 22, 1957 (89)
Place of Burial: Smithtown, Suffolk, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Jenkins Emmet and Julia Colt Emmet
Husband of Alida Beekman Emmet
Father of Elizabeth Winthrop Emmet; Margaret Chanler Kinnicutt; Christopher Temple Emmet, Jr.; Jane Erin Emmet; Winthrop Stuyvesant Emmet and 4 others
Brother of Colonel Robert Temple Emmet, 9th U.S. Cavalry; William Le Roy Emmet; Richard Stockton Emmet; Jane Emmet de Glehn; Devereux Emmet and 2 others

Managed by: Andrew L Chanler
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About C. Temple Emmet

  • Christopher's birth, photograph, and death information are available at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55083568/christopher-temple-emmet
  • Christopher's photograph is used courtesy of Constable_Cascaden, Find A Grave ID 48661109.
  • Biographical information about Christopher is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Temple_Emmet
    • Christopher Temple Emmet (July 8, 1868 – July 22, 1957) was an American attorney and sportsman.
    • Early life
    • Emmet was born on July 8, 1868 in Pelham, New York. He was one of ten children born to William Jenkins Emmet (1826–1905) and Julia Colt (née Pierson) Emmet (1829–1908). His siblings included Robert Temple Emmet, who was awarded the Medal of Honor; Rosina Hubley Emmet, a painter who was the mother of playwright Robert E. Sherwood; William LeRoy Emmet, an electrical engineer; Devereux Emmet, a pioneering golf course architect; Richard Stockton Emmet; Lydia Field Emmet, a prominent portraitist; and Jane Erin Emmet, also a prominent portraitist who married British impressionist painter Wilfrid de Glehn.
    • His maternal grandparents were Josiah Gilbert Pierson and Julia Boudinot (née Colt) Pierson and his paternal grandparents were Judge Robert Emmet and Rosina (née Hubley) Emmet. His father was a grandson of New York Attorney General Thomas Addis Emmet. Two of his uncles, Richard Stockton Emmet and Christopher Temple Emmet, were married to sisters, Katharine "Kitty" Temple and Ellen James "Bay" Temple, both first cousins of British author Henry James.
    • After preparing at Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec and Stevens High School, Emmet attended the Yale Forestry School and the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he graduated from with a M.E. degree in 1891.
    • Career
    • After taking a law degree, he practiced law for a short period of time before travelling to Europe, later spending much of his time there. He served during the Spanish-American War, and during World War I, he was a Red Cross official and training officer. He was also a member of Squadron A of the New York National Guard.
    • At a time when skiing was relatively unknown in the United States, Emmet was one of the first Americans to go skiing in Norway and Switzerland. He was also one of the first members of the Racquet and Tennis Club in New York City, and the Academy of Sciences, the American Geographical Society, the National Geographic Society, the New York Zoological Society, the American Museum of Natural History, the American Forestry Association, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Audubon Society, the Knickerbocker Club, the St. Anthony Club of New York, the Tobique Salmon Club, and the Ore Hill Shooting Club.
    • Residence
    • The Emmets lived at The Mallows, an estate located in Stony Brook, New York at Head of the Harbor in Suffolk County, New York. The Colonial revival home was designed in 1906 by architect Charles A. Platt, finished in stucco with wooden detailing at the principal doorways, roof cornice and porch. At the Mallows, he "engaged in farming."
    • Personal life
    • On October 27, 1896, Emmet was married to Alida Beekman Chanler (1873–1969) at Red Hook, New York by the Bishop of New York. Alida was the daughter of former U.S. Representative John Winthrop Chanler and Margaret Astor (née Ward) Chanler. Among Alida's siblings were John Armstrong Chaloner, Winthrop Astor Chanler; Elizabeth Astor Winthrop Chanler (wife of John Jay Chapman); William Astor Chanler (who married Beatrice Ashley); Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler (who married Julia Lynch Olin); Margaret Livingston Chanler (who married Richard Aldrich) and Robert Winthrop Chanler (who married Lina Cavalieri). Together, they were the parents of nine children, including:
      • Elizabeth Winthrop Emmet (1897–1934), who married Edwin D. Morgan Jr. (1890–1954), a descendant of Edwin D. Morgan, the 21st Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee.
      • Margaret Chanler Emmet (1899–c. 1970), who married Francis Harrison Kinnicutt (1875–1939). After his death, she married John Benton Prosser in 1941.
      • Christopher Temple Emmet Jr. (1900–1974)
      • Hester Alida Emmet (1901–1965), who married architect John Louis Bancel LaFarge, a grandson of artist John La Farge.
      • Egerton Chanler Emmet (1907–1907), who died in infancy.
      • Jane Erin Emmet (1908–1997)
      • Winthrop Stuyvesant Emmet (1910–2001), who married four times.
      • William Patten Emmet (1911–1977)
      • Thomas Addis Emmet (1915–1990), who lived at Amberley Castle in Sussex, England.
    • Emmet died on July 22, 1957 at his home in Stony Brook overlooking the Long Island Sound. His widow died on August 31, 1969 and after a mass at St. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, she was buried at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Hauppauge, New York.
    • Descendants
    • Through his daughter Elizabeth, he was a grandfather of Edwin D. Morgan III (1921–2001), who married Nancy Marie Whitney, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Marie Norton Harriman (the second wife of New York governor W. Averell Harriman). Her paternal grandparents were Harry Payne Whitney and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an artist and the founder of the Whitney Museum in New York City.


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C. Temple Emmet's Timeline

July 8, 1868
Village of Pelham, Westchester County, New York, United States
September 8, 1897
Newport, Newport, RI, United States
April 10, 1899
New York, New York, United States
March 18, 1900
Port Chester, Westchester, NY, United States
December 5, 1901
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
March 9, 1907
Stony Brook, Suffolk, NY, United States
May 16, 1908
Freiburg, Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
September 4, 1910
Freiburg, Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
July 26, 1911
Freiburg, Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany